Minor burns can be treated at home. Burns should be treated immediately for best results. However, most of us have picked up some bad information over the years, so now is your chance to refresh your knowledge and find out what you should avoid using to treat burns. And, of course, do not try to treat a third degree burn at home. For serious burns, or if you are unsure, seek emergency medical care.
First, Cool the Burn
Run cool water over the burn or submerge it in cool water for 15 to 30 minutes. If you don’t have access to running water, a cool compress will work. Do not use ice or very cold water. That can cause more damage to the tissue.
Clean the Burn
Wash the burn very gently, with saline or mild soap. Do not use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. Both can damage or kill skin cells, causing the burn to heal more slowly.
Gently spread honey over the burn, and cover with dry, sterile gauze. Honey has been scientifically proven to help heal burns in numerous ways. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, prevents infection, and promotes wound healing. However, you don’t want to use just any honey you find at the store. You need raw, unfiltered honey or medical honey. You can also buy dressings that are already infused with honey.
If you don’t have raw honey, try Aloe Vera. Squeeze it right out of the plant if you have one. If not, use pure aloe gel. Be careful about commercially purchased aloe products. Most contain other ingredients, such as alcohol and perfumes, that can cause pain and make the damage worse.
And remember, never put butter on a burn.
Serious burns require immediate medical attention. Severe burns should be treated in a burn unit if at all possible. If you or someone you love has suffered serious burns as a result of someone else’s negligence, please contact an experienced injury attorney and schedule your free initial consultation right away.
A burn injury can be painful and devastating. If you or someone you know has suffered a burn injury resulting from another party’s negligence, you may seek compensation for the damages caused by the accident by filing a personal injury claim. If the injury occurred on someone else’s property and resulted from the negligence of the property owner or manager, that person may be liable under a theory of premises liability.
When your skin comes into contact with an excessively hot substance or surface, you will be burned. Burns are grouped into three main categories.
1- First degree burns
These are relatively minor burns. The burns result in reddening of the skin. The victim may also experience some topical pain. Recovery from these burns is relatively easy with proper care. The human body is able to heal the burned area with little need for medical intervention. These cases rarely justify the expense or time involved with a lawsuit.
2- Second degree burns
These are more severe than first degree burns. The pain is much deeper since deeper tissues are affected by the burning. These burns result in the skin swelling, reddening and blistering. Some medical intervention may be required to help in recovery and healing from these burns.
3 – Third degree burns
These are the most severe types of burns. These burns affect deep tissues in the body. They completely destroy the skin and the nerves. Third degree burns may result in blackened or visibly charred skin. The burned areas may be white where the skin has been completely destroyed. Recovery from these burns requires medical intervention. Scars are likely to last a lifetime.
Common causes of burns
Burns can result from exposure to various situations including:
- Overexposure to the sun
- Hot liquids
- Corrosive chemicals
Proving negligence when it comes to burn injuries can be a complex process. However, the at-fault party can only be held liable if there is evidence of negligence. Examples of situations that show negligence include:
- The victim getting burned after coming into contact with a frayed wire
- A fire that was not properly contained
- Burns may result from chemical spills or radiation leaks
- Burns resulting from poor maintenance of a building of the fire suppression system
Who should be held liable?
When the accident occurred on another party’s property (including a landlord property), the owner of the property may be held liable for the damages resulting from the accident. The victim may seek compensation for damages under a premises liability claim. However, the victim must demonstrate that the injuries suffered were a direct result of the property owner’s negligence.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of someone’s negligence, please contact an experienced burn injury attorney today.